Navigating college environment is infinitely more complicated than what most freshmen are used to. For one, you’re living on your own for the first time, and it’s hard. Workload is also quite impressive, so you have to really dedicate yourself to get good grades. And don’t even get me started on social life. This experience is pretty universal, and there isn’t much to do except tough it out. However, there are a couple of rules that could help you avoid some common traps.
1.Respect your roommate
You might become the very best of friends. Most likely you won’t. The thing is, you don’t have to like your roommate. You just need to respect their point of view. Arguing is inevitable, but it can be therapeutic. At least you express what you actually think about each other.
Some people decide to sign a roommate agreement beforehand, in which they discuss how much stuff they can bring in, what hours are guests welcome, and what to do if a romantic partner would like to visit. Sign it and stick to it.
Also, try to avoid smoking and drinking in your room. It’s disgusting and probably prohibited anyway.
2.Embrace the experience
You’re in college, which traditionally entails new people, partying, crazy pranks, loads of extracurriculars, and fun. Appreciate it! Join however many organizations you can healthily handle. Research the Greek life at your campus. Talk to people who interest you. If you like someone, ask them out.
Drink if you feel like it, but don’t feel pressured to participate if that’s not your kind of thing. Remember to be responsible. About one-third of students drop out before they graduate. You might think that it can’t possibly happen to you, but it can, so be careful.
3.Always remember that you’re here to study
You might have been the most brilliant person in your high school, but the standards are much higher in college. You won’t be able to ace classes without putting in some actual work. Schedule your study sessions; develop a note-taking approach that works specifically for you. Then you’ll be able to integrate all of your notes into a single comprehensive document.
If you need help, don’t hesitate to ask for it. Tutoring is commonly provided by schools, and you can also visit your professors during office hours.
The end purpose of your education is to become employable. Visit job fairs and remember that internships provide indispensable experience and look good on any resume.
Don’t neglect your nutrition. Overindulging in fast food has never been good for anyone. Low-quality junk food can have a negative effect on your health, which in turn may lead to missed classes and opportunities.
Try to work out more. Doing ten sit ups will wake you just as well as a cup of coffee would.
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